By a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly on December 22nd, 2015, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is observed on February 11th. The day honours the vital role played by women and girls in science and technology. UNESCO and UN Women organise the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in conjunction with international institutions and organisations, as well as civil society partners, with the goal of promoting women and girls in science. The goal of the day is to encourage women and girls to participate in science on an equal footing.
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History of International Day of Women and Girls in Science
The 11th of February has been designated as a day to honour women and girls who work in science. On December 22nd, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly enacted A/RES/70/212, which addressed the issue. Later, the United Nations Women, in partnership with civil society members, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and other institutions, accepted the proposal.
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On December 22nd, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly determined that an annual commemoration was needed to honour the essential contribution that women and girls make in science and technology. This day has been used to encourage “full as well as equal access to and involvement in science for women and girls” since then.
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